Personal engagement, emotion and the educational workplace

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to look how the concepts of personal engagement (Kahn) and emotion in schools can aid understanding both of research priorities and practice in schools. Design/methodology/approach: This paper is a review of the area, so it has no particular methodological approach. Instead, it brings together engagement, emotion and capital. Findings: This paper suggests that the commonalities between the areas discussed, and the relationship to professional capital can be enhanced both in research and practice. Research limitations/implications: This paper suggests that an emphasis on the positive side of personal engagement and emotion could lead to new insights in this area. Practical implications: This paper also suggests that personal engagement research has practical implications for teacher resilience and workplace relationships. Originality/value: Overall, this paper seeks to act as a catalyst for further discussion in the areas outlined, and asks the researcher to continue to draw together the practical and theoretical insights that can be gained through a focus on personal engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-222
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Professional Capital and Community
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Publisher: Emerald

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  • Emotion
  • Engagement
  • Personal
  • Teacher
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Social Psychology


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